Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Do all xtronic transmissions have a shudder when accelerating

asked by on

I purchased a used Nissan Pathfinder. I noticed a "shudder" when I test drove it. I asked why this might be, and was told it was probably because the car had been sitting. It does it every time you take off from a stop, and it's noticeable enough that people have asked what is wrong with it. I took it back to the dealer, and they said they don't notice any issue. Then I was told that all Nissans have this "shudder", due to the way the new transmissions are made. Is this true?

My car has 53000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

The transmission shudder is very common of a problem but is not normal and the transmission control module may be in need of reprogramming as per a technical bulletin NTB15-014B dated 4/5/2016. This is a recent TSB and may not of been known yet to the person that told you it was normal since the manufacturer did not have a fix yet. Have a dealer perform this TSB for you.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Do all xtronic transmissions have a shudder when accelerating

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My jeep is hesitating sometimes, almost like a misfire, but it feels like it's from the rear of my car. What could it be?

Hi, thanks for writing in. This may be a result of a couple of different things. You mentioned you just out 31" tires back on the Jeep. If it may have had larger or smaller tires on it before or...

Q: Transmission slipping on a 2006 Camry LE

Firstly, change the fluid, change the screen, and add in the new fluid. Leave out one quart of the fluid and pour one quart of Lucas automatic transmission to fix the slipping. A lot of times, this will stop the...

Q: I am buying a used car, and the alternator is getting replaced in the vehicle before I get it. Does this raise any red flags?

A replacement of the alternator should not raise a red flag bu I would recommend getting the vehicle (inspected) [https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/pre-purchase-car-inspection] before you purchase it by a mechanic like one from YourMechanic. This will insure you do not have major problems...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...